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Paul Franklin: Adventures in Virtual Production

Join DNEG Creative Director and Academy Award-winning VFX Producer Paul Franklin as he walks us through the creative process of his upcoming short film, ‘Fireworks’. Working with virtual production to achieve this project, Paul explains how these innovative techniques help shape each stage of creation - from conception and development through to production. Audiences will be treated to an insider perspective on what really happens to the creative process when the physical and virtual become intertwined by new virtual production practices. 

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Paul Franklin

Paul Franklin, DNEG

Paul Franklin is one of the world’s leading visual effects designers with over 30 years of experience in filmmaking, two Academy Awards, and two BAFTAs to his name. He is also a film director, currently working on a groundbreaking new short film, 'Fireworks', produced by BAFTA Award winner Annalise Davis for Wilder Films, and written by acclaimed screenwriter and playwright Steven Lally. 

Paul started out by making short films with his friends at university whilst studying fine art in the 1980s. He became one of the first 3D computer animators working in the British video games industry before moving into television, where he worked on a wide variety of television commercials and broadcast shows. Paul supervised visual effects for all three films in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy, earning his first Academy Award nomination for his work on ‘The Dark Knight’. He then went on to design and supervise the visual effects for Nolan’s “Inception” and “Interstellar”, winning Academy Awards for both films. He has also received five BAFTA nominations for his work, resulting in two wins. 

Paul serves as DNEG’s Creative Director, overseeing a wide range of projects within the company. His work as a visual effects supervisor and designer can also be seen in films such as “Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix”, “Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince”, and “Venom”.